Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu says it’s “not impossible” for his team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
Champions of Africa in 1968 and 1974, the DR Congo finished in third place at the 2015 AFCON.
They have made a superb start to the 2017 competition, beating Morocco and Togo while stretching defending champions Ivory Coast all the way in a 2-2 draw.
Having finished top of Group C, the Leopards now play Ghana on Sunday for a spot in the semi-finals.
And there is a fair amount of optimism in the camp that they can upset one of the tournament favourites.
"We are more than happy after qualifying; we played very good football with a lot of focus on scoring goals," Norwich City midfielder Mulumbu told SuperSport.
"We have worked together as a team from the first game and never gave up," he continued.
"We were in a very tough group with very good teams and finishing on top of the group is a good indication that it's not impossible to win the title.
"We will go back and rest and immediately embark on preparations for the quarterfinals which to us will be like another final," the 30-year-old added.
Central defender Gabriel Zakuani says there is a good sense of unity in the squad.
"We have been together for two years now since the last Africa Cup of Nations 2015.
"We have a bit more quality and I think it's because we have stayed for longer and most of us know each other very well. I think we are more than a family at the moment to move forward."